Jonathan Putnam is Of Counsel in Kirkland's litigation and intellectual property practice groups.  He has been lead counsel in multiple jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations in matters involving patents, trade secrets, breach of contract, copyright, fraud, fiduciary duties, and other complex commercial litigation claims.  He has also represented clients in employment claims, class actions, trademarks, antitrust, and computer and other technological issues.  Jonathan has argued appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal, Second and Eighth Circuits, and in the Delaware and Connecticut Supreme Courts.

Jonathan's experience includes representing clients from Fortune 100 industrial and manufacturing companies, to Internet and other new economy companies, to private companies and individuals.

In January 2007, Jonathan was named one of "Litigation's Rising Stars" by The American Lawyer as one of fifty lawyers, 45 and under, who have made their marks. The American Lawyer called him one of "The Young Litigators Fab Fifty." According to the magazine, "our reporting team sifted through hundreds of names, talking to senior partners, firm managers, and government and public interest lawyers...In the end, we developed a list of lawyers who have not only transcended their status as prized protégés but who seem likely to lead the pack inside the courtroom, at the settlement table, and (for those in private practice) as business magnets, too."



Finisher, 2007 New York City Marathon


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1994New York


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude1992

    Recipient of 1992 Fay Diploma for graduating First in Class of 530

    Recipient of 1990 Sears Prize for having one of the two highest GPAs in first-year class

    Editor, Harvard Law Review

  • Harvard UniversityB.A.cum laude 1988